For Emily Powell, a fourth-year student at York University, broadening her YouTube network and meeting new YouTubers was her goal at VidCan.
“Being a film production student, I vlog occasionally and check out YouTube gatherings like VidCan and anything I can in Toronto to see the vlogging culture,” Powell said.
Roughly 50 vloggers gathered in Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square Aug. 20 for the Canadian meetup where YouTubers could interact face-to-face.
“Not many Canadian YouTubers could afford to fly out to Los Angeles, and [a Canadian gathering] would make them feel more connected,” Goeldner said.
“Larger gatherings like Playlist Live and Vidcon are based around both seeing people you watch, and friends you’ve made online,” Goeldner said. “Toronto-based gatherings are mostly meeting strangers, and for some of the content creators, myself and Tristan included, meeting some viewers.”
19-year-old vlogger Tessa Vintar described the gathering as “the smaller scale version of VidCon with maple-syrup flavouring.”
Vintar said she started vlogging in February 2011 after deciding people might want to see the life of a Canadian university student.
“I tried a couple vlogs and at first they were horrible, but I just loved doing it so much that I kept going,” said Vintar, who has amassed roughly 2000 subscribers.
But for Goeldner, the focus of his videos revolves around his life.
“I’ve gotten to the point where making videos is second nature,” he said. “I’ll have a funny conversation with a friend, and instinctively start thinking of how I can take a joke we said, and turn it into a video.”
After organizing the first VidCan, both Goeldner and Zammit hope to see the event continue.
“People seemed to really like it, and the main goal is to bring Canadian YouTubers together and feel more like a community, which I think is what VidCan does,” Goeldner said.
“I am always taking notes for a new video, keeping in touch with viewers, filming, editing . . . I frequently wake up thinking about it,” Vintar said. “I am always thinking about YouTube. It’s just constantly a part of everything I do.”